Nancy Kissinger at the Metropolitan Opera opening in 2009
Nancy Sharon Maginnes
April 13, 1934
|Education||Mount Holyoke College Harvard|
Henry Kissinger (m. 1974)
Nancy Sharon Kissinger (born Maginnes; born April 13, 1934) is an American philanthropist, and the wife of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The couple married on March 30, 1974, in Arlington, Virginia. The couple is noted for her being unusually tall and his being very short.
Life and career
Kissinger was born in Manhattan and raised in White Plains, New York. Her parents were Agnes (born McKinley) and Albert Bristol Maginnes, a wealthy lawyer. She received a B.A. in history in 1955 from Mount Holyoke College.
She was a long-time aide to New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller before her marriage, recommended to him in 1964 by her future husband, then a professor at Harvard, where she was a student. Her first job was as Professor Kissinger's researcher on a Rockefeller task force; she continued working for Rockefeller at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund after the task force finished its work. She later became director of international studies for Rockefeller's Commission on Critical Choices for Americans.
- "Kissinger and Nancy Maginnes, Rockefeller Aide, Are Wed Near Capital and Fly to Acapulco for Honeymoon". New York Times. March 31, 1974.
- A private person in the public eye accepts him as he is New York Times, April 4, 1974 (NY Times website)
- Kissinger: a biography, Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 1992
- "Somebody to Come Home To". Time Magazine. April 8, 1974.
- "Nancy Kissinger Hospitalized with Undisclosed Ailment". Seattle Times. December 18, 1994.
- Interview on her visit with Bess W. Truman in 1975, in Independence, Missouri, with her husband (larger photo at the Wayback Machine (archived February 5, 2005))
- Nancy and father Albert Bristol Maginnes
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